Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Senate confirms Ross for Commerce, as Democrats keep up delays on Trump Cabinet

6:51 pm Feb. 27, 2017

Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.

“It’s our hope that Democrats will stop the obstruction,” President Trump said at the White House, as he derided opponents who have vowed to ‘resist’ his


Trump budget would add $54 billion to defense, cut same from domestic

9:39 am Feb. 27, 2017

President Donald Trump will ask Congress to add $54 billion in spending for the military in his first budget, paying for that with offsetting cuts in non-security spending in the federal government.

“This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government,” the President said at the White House, as he said his budget would be one of “great rationality.”



Trump pick for Navy Secretary withdraws nomination

6:32 pm Feb. 26, 2017

For the second time in recent weeks, a choice for a top Pentagon leadership job by President Donald Trump has withdrawn, as Philip Bilden on Sunday evening gave up his nomination for Secretary of the Navy, unable to get around financial ethics restrictions related to his own personal investments.

“This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests,” said


Trump speech to Congress this week offers chance to push agenda

6:43 am Feb. 26, 2017

While President Donald Trump has spent a good chunk of time in recent days battling with the news media, his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday will give him the chance to spur some momentum for his legislative agenda, as Republicans struggle to find final agreement on a plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law.

“The theme of the address will be the renewal of the


Governors gather amid uncertainty on future of Obama health law

7:23 am Feb. 25, 2017

As the nation’s Governors assemble in Washington, D.C. this weekend for their annual winter meeting, not all Republicans are united behind a big drive in the Congress to repeal the Obama health law, as some in the GOP are worried about what would change with Medicaid and the coverage provided to millions of low income Americans.

“I’m very optimistic that the President heard my concerns about the Affordable Care Act,” said


Trump, White House stir Friday feud with news media

1:50 pm Feb. 24, 2017

President Donald Trump drew loud cheers as he denounced the news media at a gathering of conservative activists on Friday outside Washington, as the White House scrapped with reporters over a stories related to Russia


Trump at CPAC: “The era of empty talk is over”

10:12 am Feb. 24, 2017

Appearing before an excited gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C., President Trump celebrated his ascent to the White House, vowing to press ahead with his legislative agenda, declaring that his 2016 win was a “victory was a victory and a win for conservative values,” and taking a fresh round of shots at the news media.

“The era of empty talk is over,” the President said, in a line that


In switch for Trump, White House signals opposition to recreational marijuana use

5:58 pm Feb. 23, 2017

A day after touting “states’ rights” in moving to lift an Obama Administration directive on transgender bathroom use in public schools, the Trump Administration signaled on Thursday that while it supports the legalization of medical marijuana, it might be ready to clamp down on states that have legalized personal marijuana use.

“I think there’s a big difference between that (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.